CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — Nine Marines at California’s Camp Pendleton base have been charged with human smuggling.
They include two riflemen who were stopped by U.S. Border Patrol agents on July 3 driving from the US-Mexico border with three Mexicans in the back of a BMW.READ MORE: Hamilton Fans Evacuated After Fire Alarm Goes Off In Sacramento Convention Center Missing Marysville Teen Carmen Miller May Be Victim Of Sex Trafficking, Police Say
The corps on Friday said the Marines, all lance corporals, were charged with violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice by transporting or conspiring to transport undocumented immigrants.
Four other Marines who were also detained in the human smuggling investigation weren’t specifically charged with smuggling but face other charges, including failure to obey orders, drunkenness, endangerment, larceny, and perjury.MORE NEWS: Proposed Campground Expansion At Auburn State Recreation Area Draws Concern Over Wildfire Risk
The Marine Corps says none of those charged were involved in the military support mission at the U.S. southwest border.